Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital runs COVID-19 Recovery Clinic for long-term symptoms

While COVID-19 is an immediate threat to someone’s health, the coronavirus disease may also cause a wide variety of long-term effects about which little is known. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead is now home to a Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic offering aid to patients who have recovered from the disease but are still experiencing lingering symptoms. “As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we are starting to see a subgroup of patients we’re calling COVID long-haulers,” said Dr. Jermaine Jackson, director of the Piedmont Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic, in a press release. “These are patients who have cleared...

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Dunwoody considers tax and fee incentives to attract big businesses

The city of Dunwoody is considering a system of tax and fee waivers and other incentives for businesses to come to town. The plan would be a first for the city, hoping to draw in large-office users. Michael Starling, the city’s economic development director, presented the incentive plan at a Jan. 11 City Council meeting. The system would be separate from the Dunwoody Development Authority, which offers tax abatements for developments through a different mechanism of tax-free bonds. And it would be a change in long-standing policy. “Since Dunwoody was created, we made a conscious decision not to offer...

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DeKalb County sanitation collection delayed by one day for MLK Day

DeKalb County sanitation collection will be suspended on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18. Residents whose regular collection days are Mondays through Thursdays will have collection delayed by one day. The schedule affects collection of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings. The North Transfer Station will be open on Jan. 18 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Central Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Jan. 18. For more information, call 404-294-2900; email sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov; or see...

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DeKalb and Fulton public libraries to close for MLK Day Jan. 18

The public libraries of DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, both systems will offer virtual programming that day. Both systems’ branch libraries remain closed to the public for the pandemic, but books and other materials have remained available for curbside pickup, which will resume Jan. 19. For more information about the DeKalb County Public Library services and programs, see its website here. For more information about the Fulton County Library System services and programs, see its website...

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Local cities on alert for political violence leading up to Inauguration Day

Officials in local cities are on alert for possible political violence leading up to Joe Biden’s presidential Inauguration Day Jan. 20. The concerns follow the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by President Trump supporters attempting to halt the certification of Biden’s winning Electoral College votes, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment of Trump on a charge of inciting the attack. The FBI, according to national media reports, has warned law enforcement agencies about possible protests or attacks by armed right-wing groups in every state capital this weekend and related dangers to any government facility. Some...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 22

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Jan. 20-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Ga. 400 closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to Hammond Drive closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 15-16, 9 p.m. to 5...

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MARTA track work to replace trains with shuttle buses at Buckhead stations Feb. 16-22

A MARTA rail replacement project will halt train service at Buckhead’s three stations and replace it with shuttle buses Feb. 16-22. The work will affect the Gold Line and Red Line service to the Buckhead, Lindbergh Center and Lenox stations. The work will begin Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. and end Feb. 22 at 4 a.m. The shuttle buses will run from the start of construction to end of service on Feb. 21 and will be free. A MARTA map of the shuttle services shows the buses will run between Lenox and Buckhead stations, and between Buckhead and Lindbergh...

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Dunwoody City Council expresses skepticism about new 84 Perimeter Center East plan

The Dunwoody City Council met with skepticism the first presentation of a reworked development plan for 84 Perimeter Center East. The property is situated at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center East on about 2.86 acres. The development, which was first approved as a 12-story hotel by the council back in 2019, is now being submitted as an age-restricted, multi-family apartment complex. Plans for the hotel were scrapped due to the effect the pandemic has had on the hospitality industry. Councilmembers said at their Jan. 11 meeting that plans for the new structure were more different from...

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Springwood Connector opens to link Peachtree Dunwoody, Perimeter Center Parkway

Correction: A news release misidentified the private developer of The Bishop. The developer rebranded as RangeWater in January 2020. A new road called the Springwood Connector now links Perimeter Center Parkway NE with Peachtree Dunwoody Road just south of Hammond Drive. State Farm and RangeWater, a private developer, worked with Dunwoody and Sandy Springs to complete construction of the Springwood Connector, a news release from the city of Dunwoody said. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch were joined by State Farm representatives to cut the ribbon signifying the road’s opening on Jan. 12. State Farm...

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Gov. Kemp gives briefing on COVID-19 vaccine availability and State Capitol security

Gov. Brian Kemp and state Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey held a press briefing Jan. 12 at the State Capitol to address controversy surrounding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kemp said local health departments and healthcare providers had been inundated with requests for the vaccine leading to unanswered phones and crashing websites. Toomey said a glitch in data sharing between the state and CDC and providers not entering vaccine data has meant an under-reporting of exactly how many people are getting inoculated. Kemp said over the last week that 102,183 doses of the vaccine had been administered, which...

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DeKalb Schools delays return to in-person instruction, promises advance notice

The DeKalb County School District will delay the return to in-person instruction originally scheduled for Jan. 19 due to the spread of COVID-19 in the district. Families will be given a two-week notice prior to the expected return to in-person instruction, the school district announced in a news release on Jan. 12. The decision was announced by Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris and her staff during the Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting. A virtual town hall for parents to discuss the situation with Watson-Harris will be held Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents can submit questions and/or...

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Brookhaven sues DeKalb County over disputed Brookhaven Park land

The city of Brookhaven has filed a lawsuit seeking to make DeKalb County transfer ownership of the eastern portion of Brookhaven Park to the city, but a county commissioner says the land has never been part of the park. The city claims in its suit, filed on Jan. 11 in DeKalb Superior Court, that the entire 21-acre property made up Brookhaven Park when the city incorporated in 2012, but the county only sold the western portion of the park to the city in 2017. The cost was $922, based on a state law that set the price for transferring...

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